Sporting Digest: Boxing

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Paul Lloyd, the British bantamweight champion, will meet the Frenchman Luigi Mancini for the vacant European championship after Johnny Bredahl relinquished the title for family reasons. The contest must take place before 15 December.

Judge Amos C Saunders of the State Superior Court in Newark, New Jersey, will not allow the World Boxing Association to award its vacant welterweight title to the winner of Saturday's bout between the Russian Andrey Pestrayev and James Page, its No 1 and No 3 contenders respectively. The judge ruled that the No 2 contender, Jose Luis Lopez, should meet Pestrayev for the title.

Danny Williams, the unbeaten heavyweight from Brixton, will meet the Frenchman Antoine Palatis for the vacant World Boxing Organisation Inter- Continental title at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday. Williams was due to challenge the British champion Julius Francis, but Francis withdrew with influenza and awaits a new date for his title defence.